Yobe advises residents over heat wave
The Yobe State Government has advised residents to adopt safeguard measures against the heat wave (hot season) being experienced in the state.
Dr Mohammed Gana, the state Commissioner for Health and Human Services, gave the advice in a statement he signed and made available to newsmen on Sunday in Damaturu.
Gana expressed concern over the adverse effect of what he described as the very high temperature and intensive heat in the state.
He therefore advised the public to wear lightweight, light-coloured, loose-fitting clothing, stay under tree shades and environments with a lot of ventilation where the temperature is low and cool, and cut down on exercise when it is hot.
“If you are not used to working or exercising in a hot environment, start slowly and pick up the pace gradually, and if walking or exercising in the heat makes your heart pound and leaves you gasping for breath, stop it.
“Get into a cool area or into the shade, and rest, especially if you become lightheaded, confused, weak, or faint,” he added.
Gana also advised residents to drink lot of water and schedule their outdoor activities carefully.
“Try to limit your outdoor activity to when it is coolest.”
He also enjoined parents not to leave children or pets in a hot car.
“Cars can quickly heat up to dangerous temperatures, even with a window cracked open. While anyone left in a parked car is at risk, children and pets are especially at risk of getting a heat stroke or dying,” the commissioner warned.
While advising the public to avoid hot and heavy meals as they add heat to the body, Gana also urged them to stay hydrated by drink more of fluids.